I am specifically trying to work on portion size, but the devil side of my subconscious plays with me saying, "But that is soooooo low cal. You can have two or three times that amount and you won't gain any weight." Or even better, "That was SOOOOO good. A little more won't hurt."
I had that struggle at lunch today. Trying to piece together a lunch from left overs, I mixed leftover veggies and Israeli couscous with chicken broth and a poached chicken breast. There were probably four cups of "soup", but I was convincing myself that since it was so low calorie, I could probably finish it all, totally forgetting that I am really working on portion control right now, not calorie counting.
That is the problem I have with rules. I have to focus on ONE thing or I rationalize myself out of doing the right thing. So, I stopped at two cups and put the rest in the fridge for tomorrow. Admittedly, even two cups of that soup was probably a better choice than home made cream of tomato basil soup and toasted cheese sandwiches, a meal with which I have much less self control.